Cudeca announces the success of the One in a Million campaign

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The presentation was attended by members of the Diputación, La Caixa and several donors and administrators. / ON

The initiative started last November with the aim of raising one million euros to build a palliative care unit for children

The Cudeca Foundation held a special presentation at its recently inaugurated research and training center in Benalmádena on Thursday, June 30, to announce the closing of the “Joan Hunt, One in a Million” fundraising campaign.

The event was moderated by President Ricardo Urdiales and Director General and Medical Director Marisa Martín, and brought together members of the Provincial Authority (Diputación), representatives of La Caixa Foundation and members of Benalmádena City Hall. .

Talk Radio Europe (TRE) President Martin Nathan – the campaign was his brainchild – and British Consul for Andalusia and the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin, were also present at the presentation, along with donors and trustees.

Cudeca launched the campaign last November with the collaboration of TRE to raise one million euros to convert the house of the association’s founder, Joan Hunt, into a palliative care unit for children, the first of its kind in Andalusia.

Joan, who died last June, had left special instructions in her will for the house, located within the grounds of the Benalmádena hospice, to be used to improve the association’s facilities.

Surprising conclusion

Cudeca representative Esther Ráez told SUR in English that the one million goal had been reached following a surprise announcement from one of the association’s most generous benefactors.

“The way we reached our goal was amazing. Our campaign raised 300,000 Euros, and we were very proud to have raised this amount. When our benefactor, Dr. Yusuf Hamied, heard this, he was very kindly announced that he would add the remaining 700,000 euros.” Esther explained.

The doctor, who was unable to attend the presentation as he is not currently in Spain, has had a decade-long association with Cudeca. In addition to an annual donation of one million euros, the Indian businessman also donated two million euros for the construction of the new research and training center, inaugurated in April.

Marisa Martín explained how “excited” she is to finally be able to launch the new pediatric palliative care facility, which she says could be ready by fall.

“The need for end-of-life pediatric care is real. I am honored to be able to offer through Cudeca a unique space for children, their families and their pets to help them feel at home. It is very important for We know these families know they’re not alone, and I’m sure Joan wanted it too. Thank you so much for helping us make this possible,” she said.

The foundation also announced that the more than 100 donors who have given more than 250 euros to the campaign will be honored with a plaque on the wall of the children’s unit, named Room 10.

Esther Ráez praised the Romero de la Llana family from Malaga, who donated 120,000 euros to the campaign – the highest amount received from a single donor. She described the gesture as “absolutely amazing”.

During the event, Cudeca took the opportunity to present Cudeca Goldies leader Suzy Rowe with the charity’s silver pin for ten years of service.

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